Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tiong Bahru Satay Man - WW


We were at a friend's place in Hougang when I received a text that the Tiong Bahru satay man had appeared. We rushed down to meet him.

Ever since I learnt about this elusive hawker on the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail, I have been trying to find him.

Arriving at Tiong Bahru, hubby asked how were we going to find him in this huge neighbourhood. I told him to follow the smell of BBQ meat :D

That's how we found him. :)


There he was, grilling the sticks of meat on his charcoal stove. I asked for 10 sticks of pork satay. He told me they were all sold out. Not even a stick left for me to try. :(

A few passers-by were disappointed too when they were told the satays were all sold out. I hung around and chatted with the satay man and his customers who are long-time residents of Tiong Bahru.


One man remembered buying a stick of satay for ten cents when he was in primary school. His eleven-year-old daughter was with him that day. She too grew up eating these satays :)

I was touched when he offered to let me have 10 satays, seeing how much I wanted to taste them.

A dollop of pineapple jam is added to the peanut gravy. mmmm....


The satay man went missing for some time as he was hospitalised for several weeks and was immobile for two months due to his leg injury.

He might probably have to give up selling satay as his injured leg is giving him much pain and inconvenience. Glad that I had a chance to witness the last of our peddling hawkers in Singapore. Wishing speedy recovery for the satay man.


  1. i have found many a BBQ places by smell and i was not even looking! It is always wonderful!

    1. I just love the smell of BBQ meats.... the only dislike is that it stays in your hair and clothes. :)

  2. Hi there,
    Thank you for your visit to my blog!
    You are getting me hungry! Oh my goodness; it is nearly dîner time here in France and those satay look excellent. Are they very spicy?
    I would not mind one :)

    1. Hi Barb! Thanks for stopping by.

      The well-marinated meat is not spicy. Would to send you some :)

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    1. The pineapple jam goes well with the satay and peanut gravy. yum yum.....

  4. wow pork satay..yum!! argh now i'm craving for some satay too :D

    1. Me too.

      Hope my Indonesian friends would bring me some from Jakarta when they visit me. :)